Pelargonium sidoides (Umckaloabo)

Umckaloabo Pelargonium

Earlier this year I noticed Chris Osborne of Kelnan Plants also had Pelargonium sidoides at Royal Cornwall Show in Spring and I could not resist buying one. Patience has paid off and it is flowering now.

Pelargonium sidoides (Umckaloabo) is native to South Africa. The name “umckaloabo” is taken from two Zulu words: umkhuhlane, which means “fever- and cough-related diseases,” and uhlabo, meaning “chest pain.”

Did you know that 'Umckaloabo' is an extract of the roots of Pelargonium sidoides and Pelargonium reniforme and has been marketed in Germany under the name “umckaloabo” since 1983? Well, now you know. 

I always have some Umckaloabo in my first aid kit at home - just in case I can feel first signs of a cold. In my opinion, a wonderful natural cold remedy that really works.